At a Glance
- Encrypts sensitive data; easy to use; free, no nags
- Limited to 100MB volumes; not transparent
This free security app protects your files in encrypted virtual drives.
Cryptainer LE encrypts your data and stores it in a large file
that, once you’ve provided a password, mounts as a virtual drive.
You may use the virtual drive as just as you would any other drive
under Windows: drag and drop, copy, delete, move, and so on.
Cryptainer LE also provides a program interface to configure the
program and enable the drives.
The first time you run Cryptainer LE, you set the location for
the encrypted file, provide an eight-character (or greater)
password, select between Blowfish 448-bit or AES 256-bit
encryption, set the volume drive letter, and you’re good to go. You
can create additional encrypted files/volumes, but Cryptainer LE
keeps track of the default volume’s location only. There is no
default file extension, so I recommend that you create a folder for
your additional volumes and name it in a suitably memorable
Cryptainer LE is easy to use, and not all that much slower than
using an unencrypted drive. It wasn’t as transparent as I hoped it
would be: You must run the program to enter the password to mount
drives every single time you run Windows. I would much prefer an
option to bypass the program interface, mount volumes at boot time,
and be asked for the password the first time they’re accessed per
session. Modus operandi aside, the program worked as
advertised–and it can even be used from a USB thumb drive.
The free LE (short for Light Edition) version of Cryptainer is
limited to 100MB, which is enough for your volumes if you’re not
dealing with images or video. However, when you start storing
audio, images, or video, 100MB won’t cut it. Not to worry,
Cryptainer comes in more versions than you can shake a stick at.
Besides LE, Cypherix sells ME with 2.5GB volumes, PE with 25GB
volumes, and Cryptainer 9.0 with 1TB volumes. SE provides 1TB
volumes and supports multiple users. You ‘ll pay from $30 to $70
for these more capacious and capable versions. SE starts at $65 per
Cryptainer LE is a very handy program, and major kudos to
Cypherix for not nagging you to upgrade or making it a trial. It’s
a worthy download.
–Jon L. Jacobi